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Culver-Stockton campus in mourning after student's death

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CANTON, Mo. (WGEM)-- The Culver-Stockton campus is in shock today after 20-year-old Tyler "Max" Zumwalt was killed in a car accident Sunday afternoon.

For the small school of about 800 students, both faculty and students are a close knit family and this tragedy is striking very close to home.

Max played nose tackle for the school's football team, and coaches say the sophomore was really starting to come into his own as a player.  As a person, he was already a superstar.

"It's the toughest thing I've ever had to do as a coach is stand in front of my team and tell them something like this happened," said Culver-Stockton Head Football Coach Cameron Keller.

An entire college is trying to find the words to describe the tragedy that took 20-year-old Max Zumwalt's life Sunday afternoon. The accident happened so quickly, making the emotions much harder to understand.

"He was the type of kid all our guys really enjoyed being around and especially with the defensive line and the position he played. I know that group is really taking it hard," Coach Keller said.

Max was talented enough to make the Culver-Stockton football team and his coach says he was full of potential.

At 340 pounds, Max was a force to be reckoned with on the football field.  On campus the sophomore made just as big of an impression. Both students and faculty are struggling to understand what happened.

"Right now the whole campus is in shock, its a small campus and we're very much a family," said Susan Moon, Director of Counseling and Wellness at Culver-Stockton.

Counselors say understanding what happened will take time and the grieving process will be different for everyone.  For the football team, coaches say there's one very important lesson to take away from this tragedy.

"I think if anything, you tell your kids you really have to cherish each and every day you got," Coach Keller said.

Visitation will be on Wednesday from 2 to 8 at the Nieber Funeral Home in Pittsfield and the funeral is scheduled for Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Assembly of God Church in Pittsfield.

The Culver-Stockton College will provide transportation for students who wish to attend the funeral.

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